The Evansville IceMen had trouble finding ways to stop the Missouri Mavericks, which beat IceMen, 7-1.
The win gave Missouri a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.
The Mavericks’ Charlie Effinger was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 28 saves and let only one puck past him. Effinger certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 1.54 entering the contest.
Missouri was sparked by Kris Hogg, who racked up one goal and one assist. Hogg scored on the power play 12:13 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Missouri. The Mavericks had gained a power play chance when Malcolm Gwilliam was whistled for hooking. Sebastien Thinel assisted on the tally.
Missouri made Evansville’s netminders to work without much rest, launching 37 shots and forcing 30 saves. Bryan Gillis made 12 stops and Pier-Olivier Pelletier made 18. The Mavericks was effective with a man advantage, and put in three goals while on the power play.
Missouri additionally got points from Patrick Schafer, who also had one goal and one assist and Dale Mahovsky, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Brandon Smith also scored for Missouri. Other players who recorded assists for Missouri were Tristin Llewellyn, who had three and Dave Pszenyczny and Andrew Courtney, who each chipped in one.
The IceMen were led by Maxime Boisclair, who took one shot.
Missouri ended with nine minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major. Evansville totaled 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major and went 0-for-1 on the power play.